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Hammer and Tongs, Basingstoke

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CLOSED. Morrisons hacked it
about to be a shop but then pulled out and left it as a never to be pub again.
wortman - 27 Aug 2015 01:01
It has gone.
wortman - 2 Oct 2014 01:25
I have also had the great pleasure of working with pat and pauline and must say that i think the negative comments can only be from people that do not like change..they were fantasic to work for and have been greatly missed from both the pubs i had the pleasure to work with them in...1 of the pubs they left over 5 years ago now and still people talk of the good old days when they were the managers..always with a firm but fare approach and very much the heartbeat of the pub...i miss them terribley as do many others and cannot wait to see them again!!
dingdong7 - 30 Mar 2011 22:33
In reply to some comments posted on here i would like to say i worked for Pat and Pauline for a year or so and still do in their other pub named The Albion. I have never had such fun working for them both and have never heard such good feedback from the customers who come into the albion. They are the BEST Landlords by far and they will make something of the Hammer and Tongs. Give them a chance and you will be surprised. Your both missed madly by us all here.

maggie22 - 17 Jun 2010 16:02
Can't agree with the last 2 review's. It didn't smell, nor did it look grim, and more importantly the beer was spot on!! I think we need to give the new gaffers a fair crack here. Let's face it, the Hammer will always be a hard pub for anyone new to crack. Mim and Kev took it to another level after John lost interest, perhaps Pat and Pauline can take it that one step further!!
Airbourne - 27 May 2010 22:18
Gotta say I agree with the last review, it smells in there and looks grim, come back Mim and Kev.
fiftyfive - 16 May 2010 10:26
Such a shame Mim and Kev are gone . Just the
feeling of the place was really dingy and it felt as if it was smokey in
there even tho it wasn't just coz of how grim it has got. Just in
general, it was dull and dirty. OOOOhhhh and I got a flea bite in
there! P.S the new Landloards other pub has got a rubbish reviews too, so that says it all for the future of the place.
imnotstupid - 4 May 2010 12:20
New owners as from today, good luck to them think thay will need it!
fiftyfive - 19 Apr 2010 13:22
Basingstoke Live Fringe Festival - Hammer & Tongs. Another awesome night at the Hammer, 3 bands in one night, the place was buzzing. The quality of the bands are amasing. Most of them will be in the park next week in 100% mucis tent. Thanks Mim & Kevin for another amasing night of music.
TomasT - 5 Jul 2009 20:42
Oh what a night, not to many people, as a result of a lot going on in town, but O'h what a night, Off the Radar were amasing. Hope they get them back. I also heard they are holding another Saturday afternoon of music & BBQ, if it's anything like the last time, it will be evern more packed and amazing.
TomasT - 6 Jun 2009 11:53
Ditto Brian_C. The place is certainly much better since the new landlords took over. You always get a real warm welcome and never feel out of place. Nothing is to much of a problem for them. REAL ALES back on the bar, Hoora!! The food is second to none, in my opinion. Live Band night is great, went last night and listened to 3 great bands playing original music, they were all awesome!!!!
TomasT - 6 Jun 2009 11:41
as a local customer food 10/10 customer service 10/10 since mim and kev have taken over lots of things have happened monday night grib two teams tuesday night darts one team thursday night pool two teams next year four teams for winter league friday nights live bands saturday night disco see web site for details sunday darts/pool knockout winner takes all the pub and the locals have just raised over 1500 pounds for lyminton house school if mim and kev were not there this would not have happened pop in to the hammer and tongs yes things have changed for the better and about time
brian_c - 4 Jun 2009 00:55
This pub is awful, yes there is new landlord and landlady in there (he seems nice friendly she is a cow bossy with a list of rules) and yes it is cleaner and the have decorated, but they do not know how to run a decent pub I am afraid. They need to realise the pub that they have bought and meet there customers needs instead of isolating that majority of regulars who have taken there custom elsewhere(including the A team pool team) and then they wonder why there pub us permanently empty, who ever heard of no hats and no swearing at all in an estate pub ! They did have one member of bar staff a bubbly redhead around 30ish who gave you a warm welcome and excellent service but unfortunately they were unable to hold on to her which is a shame because she was one of the best things about that place. It is also very expensive Guinness and Kroonenberg at 3.50 ! My advice avoid this place until they get new people running it who hopefully know how to run a decent pub.
cosmogirl - 20 May 2009 11:25
Pleasant pub and very good ale from Andwells.
A bit pricey at 3 though. Very friendly service.
kot - 1 May 2009 22:53
I heard that the landlord has barred a regular of about 30 years. This may seem a trifle silly but the regular's do not OWN the pub so fair play to him. Still my local boozer and improving day by day. Just wish they would get more real ales in and keep rotaing them. Then it would become an awsome local boozer
bish80 - 19 Mar 2009 04:02
Since the new Landlords have taken ovewr there has been a marked improvement,everything is so much cleaner, and the garden has been cleaned up also.
Now selling great food, at reasoonable prices for a community pub.
They intend to refurbish the front bar into a adult only zone
sandviper - 21 Jun 2008 14:20
Let"s hope they start doing pickled eggs fiftyfive!
winchesterclub - 11 Feb 2008 09:42
Under new ownership, now cleaner than before, improving.
fiftyfive - 9 Feb 2008 11:28
i agree it is expensive for a local estate pub
but always good fun in there and the barmaids always
give something to look at!.
anonymous - 19 Mar 2007 14:10
...and at 3 for a pint of Guinness you need to be hard working to afford to drink in here!!.Still at those prices you might see a bit less Elizabeth Duke jewellery being worn around the place!!
Agree with bish80 about the Spruce Goose though a shocker of a pub well it is a Beefeater!.The 6X pump was throwing out smooth beer!
Perhaps the "Hammer" ain"t so bad after all !
anonymous - 28 Feb 2007 08:11
Hmmm, mystery person you obviously do not like a good local pub. The people that come into the Hammer are hard working and enjoy a nice pint after work. If you find that intimidating then maybe you should drink in the Spruce Goose!!
bish80 - 27 Feb 2007 01:12
Really rough littler pub next to one of Basingstoke's roughest council estates. The area is reknown for drug addicts & tattooed single mothers, the clientelle are no different. Give it a miss!
anonymous - 19 Jan 2007 15:05
Could do with a lick of paint! Nice boozer though. John keeps things sane and sensible. I love the whole put pint glasses in the fridge policy. Never had such a cold pint.
bish80 - 18 Oct 2006 04:18
Friendly pub, especially a chat with Peter
Alexh1982 - 6 Nov 2004 00:58

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